Spain roasts in sizzling heat with temperatures up to 44C
A heatwave enveloped much of Spain on Sunday, driving temperatures to extreme levels and sending locals and tourists scurrying for shade and cooling waters.
National weather office AEMET issued heat warnings for most of the country, with the thermometer expected to rise above 40C (104F) in Madrid and the southern city of Seville for the second day running.
Spain’s first bout of the extreme heat of the year is forecast to spread east on Monday before easing. Only a sliver of Spain’s northern Atlantic coast will be spared.
Some sought respite from the scorching heat in the air-conditioned galleries of Madrid’s Prado museum, whose collection includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens, and El Greco.
“We thought this would be a good plan for a day like today,” said Rosa Alfageme, 44, waiting in line to enter the museum with her husband and six-year-old daughter.
“It’s like this every year, we almost forget,” said Alfageme, adding that the family does not have air-conditioning at home.
The temperature is forecast to be between 5ºC and 10ºC above average across the country, and more than 10ºC above average in western Andalusia, Navarre, and La Rioja.
The “extremely high temperatures” will peak in most of mainland Spain on Sunday, then plummet on Monday as an Atlantic trough sweeps a mass of hot air from Africa to the east. This will lead to a significant rise in temperatures in the Balearic Islands, which could see highs of 35ºC and 40ºC on Monday – up to 10ºC above average. The trough is also set to affect inland areas of Murcia and other parts of the southeastern peninsula, with highs of more than 44ºC forecast. Meanwhile, in Málaga, the thermometer could reach 40ºC.
Published thelocal.es 11 July 2021